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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:34 pm    Post subject: newbie Reply with quote

hi.

I'm fairly new ot the whole concept of gardening, although i have found - from my limited experience at growing - that i really enjoy it. i've just bought a polytunnel for the garden, to go in tandem with the regular=kind plot i've planned. i have chickens and ducks at the moment and hpe to also get some goats. the whole self-sufficiency thing really appeals to me. so, thats it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gefkane, any advice on keeping chickens or ducks. I have two dogs and while i have considered adding ducks or chickens i am not sure how they will cope with the dogs. Do you have a fence to contain the birds. Hope the gardening works out.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brennan.jm wrote:
Hi Gefkane, any advice on keeping chickens or ducks. I have two dogs and while i have considered adding ducks or chickens i am not sure how they will cope with the dogs. Do you have a fence to contain the birds. Hope the gardening works out.



my dog gets along fine with the chickens and ducks, so do the cats. we keep them in a large run at night, but mostly they are out and about wondering the garden. if you keep an eye on the birds until the dog gets used to having them around they'll eventually just get along.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you advise people to keep ducks and chickens. Do they contribute overall to the garden or household.Are there any problems and how many is required for a family of five. Do they do any harm to veg or flowers.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

brennan.jm wrote:
Would you advise people to keep ducks and chickens. Do they contribute overall to the garden or household.Are there any problems and how many is required for a family of five. Do they do any harm to veg or flowers.


i'd definitely say get both, if you like both kind of eggs. its hard to say how many would be needed for a family of five. depends on how many eggs you'd eat. most hens lay about 200 - 300 eggs a year, depending on breed, etc. you'd need at least three hens if you want a rooster, stops them from getting exhausted from all the attention. the muckings from the coop (straw and droppings) make great compost material. ducks and chickens get along great together. but only get ducks if you have a pond. they wont eat the flowers etc if you give them layers mash as well as scraps, and they will eat any slugs. i wouldnt put out any small seedlings until they were a month or two grown, the hens tend to eat the smaller stuff, but you can fence the veg off i suppose,, until big enough to allow the birds wander through for slugs.
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